Divya Kumar - Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

I cover nonprofits and higher education and want to hear the stories, big and small, that make up these worlds. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and the University of South Florida's The Oracle. I joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something about a nonprofit, college, university or higher education related issue you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. Steve Currall stepped down as University of South Florida president last July and took a 15-month professional development leave. Lately, he's been researching as a Harvard University visiting scholar.
  2. A look at the University Auditorium at the center of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. An investigation found the university was in compliance with principles of accreditation after allegations last year that it had stifled academic freedom.
  3. Kenneth F. “Frank” McKenzie, a retired Marine Corps general and former chief of U.S. Central Command based in Tampa, was named executive director of USF's new Global and National Security Institute on June 15, 2022.
  4. Gary Patterson will become University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus dean and serve as dean of the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance.
  5. A rendering of the Environmental and Oceanographic Sciences building planned for the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus.
  6. People gather in front of the Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Midtown Center in St. Petersburg, one of 11 St. Petersburg College campuses in Pinellas County. The college is in a long-running dispute with its adjunct faculty.
  7. A rendering of the Environmental and Oceanographic Sciences building planned for the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus. The university and its supporters anticipated receiving $75 million from the state for funds to begin construction on the building, but the funds were vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 2, 2022 as he signed the state budget.
  8. Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, center, holds up the Eucharist during Mass in 2017. Parkes has announced that he will undergo surgery to remove part of his right leg.
  9. Christian Hardigree speaks during a news conference via Zoom on May 18, 2022, after she was selected as the new regional chancellor at the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus.
  10. USF business college dean Moez Limayem, center, signs agreements on Tuesday with leaders of Aramark and Mainsail Lodging and Development to provide training for USF hospitality school students. At left is Julianne Corlew, vice president and business partner of Mainsail. At right is David Vandenberg, regional vice president of Aramark.
  11. Moez Limayem, longtime dean of USF's Muma College of Business, was selected as the University of North Florida's seventh president.
  12. Rob Ferl, left, and Anna-Lisa Paul look at plates containing plants grown in samples of soil collected from the moon.
  13. Students are seen walking the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, one of 12 state universities that recently circulated a survey required by the Legislature as a way to achieve "intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity" at the schools. The survey, which drew more than 18,000 respondents, also was distributed at state colleges.
  14. Students walk across the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, where a search committee is working to find a new regional chancellor.
  15. The search for a new regional chancellor at USF St. Petersburg is nearing an end, with nine candidates making the short list after 56 applied.
  16. Students walk across the center of campus at the University of Tampa, where officials have announced plans for a 10-story building with housing for 600 students to be constructed north of the Sykes College of Business.
  17. Students walk in front of Saint Leo Abbey at Saint Leo University in Pasco County. The school called off plans to merge with Marymount California last week.
  18. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference Tuesday at The Villages, where he signed Senate Bill 7044, dealing with higher education issues. “We need to make sure the faculty are held accountable and make sure they don’t just have tenure forever without having any type of ways to hold them accountable or evaluate what they’re doing,” DeSantis said. Behind him are Senate President Wilton Simpson, left, and House Speaker Chris Sprowls.
  19. St. Petersburg College's downtown campus, at 244 2nd Ave N, will be home to a third location for SPC's collegiate high school program.
  20. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, center, meets with students at the University South Florida's St. Petersburg campus on Friday, April 15, 2022. From left are Riffatul Islam, Sean Schrader, Crist, Yamaris Rodriguez and Andres Montero.
  21. This circuit board is part of a device developed by University of Florida researchers that provides COVID-19 test results in 30 seconds and has the same 90 percent accuracy as PCR tests, which typically take days to process. The researchers are working with colleagues in Taiwan and a New Jersey company to get the device approved and brought to market.
  22. Jeff and Penny Vinik greet an attendee at an April 2020 announcement of their $2.5 million donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. On Wednesday, it was announced the Viniks have donated $5 million toward an on-campus stadium at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.
  23. Students walk on the Tampa campus at the University of South Florida, one of many schools where faculty and staff will be asked to participate in an "intellectual diversity" survey mandated by the state.

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